A Tale of Two Navratri – Celebrating the Cosmic Mother

The Cosmic Mother is worshipped not once as is commonly believed, but as many as 5 times during the course of a year, in...
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Jataka Tales – The Monkeys and the Ogre (Nalapana-Jataka)

There once was a water-ogre living in a lake within a thick forest.  This particular water-ogre would hide in the lake and would attack...
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Understanding the Fierce Cosmic Mother, Kali

Who is this terrible woman, Dark as the sky in midnight? Who is this woman, Dancing over the field of battle, like a blue lotus that floats, on a...

Mahisasura Mardini-The Making of Durga

Durga is a form of Prakriti, the mother of entire existence. She represents the Supreme Consciousness and was manifested by combining the energies of...

The Many Forms and Vahanas of Devi

The vehicles of the gods and goddesses in Hinduism are animal mounts that the gods/goddesses ride.  All the Hindu gods and Hindu goddesses are...

Many Moods, Many Reasons, Many Interpretations: Celebrating Diwali

Among the Hindu festivals Diwali or Deepavali holds special significance. It is a festival that represents the varying moods and religious philosophies of the...

Sita and Mandodari: A character study

The role of women in Hinduism has always been one of strength and divinity. Nowhere does one find stronger female characters than in the...
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The Astika School of Thought – Nyaya School

Leading Human Beings to Ultimate Reality Ancient India was clear about the goal of life - to end suffering and experience liberation when living (Jeevan...

The Extremely Simplified and Modern Ravana

The name Ravana conjures an image of a ten headed villain, cruel and proud, a Rakshasa king who abducts Sita and is finally killed...

Mysuru Dasara, Yeshtondu Sundara – The Royal Face of Navratri

In all parts of the country, Dasara is celebrated as a community based festival where groups or mandals, furiously compete with each other to...
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